Meaning of slummy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈslʌmi/

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adjectiveadjective slummier, adjective slummiest

  • Squalid or unfit for human habitation.

    ‘a slummy neighbourhood’
    • ‘a small slummy apartment where three generations of a family crowd together’
    • ‘He had seen it lying in the window of a frowsy little junk-shop in a slummy quarter of the town (just what quarter he did not now remember) and had been stricken immediately by an overwhelming desire to possess it.’
    • ‘For that, we expect to go to some slummy, run down shack under the bridge and have to endure the shouting, spitting, ignorant crowds of ‘natives’ and potcakes.’
    • ‘‘I was born in the slummy area around Glasgow,’ recalls McCormack.’
    • ‘What was leisurely at the start of the day, though, would become a slummy, sweaty, altogether unflattering affair in the Sacramento sun.’
    • ‘Now, I'm going to start you off easy, down the slummy end of Chapel Street where the poor, backpacking, vagrant, and ugly are relegated to.’
    • ‘You only need to look at the gap sites on Edinburgh's Princes Street or the slummy conditions on Oxford Street in London to realise that.’
    seedy, insalubrious, squalid, sleazy, seamy, sordid, dingy, mean, wretched
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mass noun informal Northern English
  • (in Liverpool) loose change; coins.

    • ‘got my bag of slummy ready for the next minimum fare being paid with a £20 note’
    • ‘he always had loads of slummy in his pockets’


Late 19th century from slum + -y.